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4:30 on this tuesday morning, good morning. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i am gayle guyardo. we are following breaking news there. are reports of two explosions at the airport in brussels. at least one person is dead and there are multiple casualties. the terror level there was elevated to maximum just about 30 minutes ago. rail traffic to the airport has been suspended. and there are no flights going in or out of the airport right now. the explosions happened only days after the prime suspect in the paris attack was arrested in brussels.
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the details and we will have updates for you in just minutes. in our other top stories this morning, an important safety alert. we are talking about a super pill that's invading the streets of pinellas county. the pill looks like a xanax but it's mixed with powerful pain medications that did be deadly. that shall -- that can be deadly. we will have more in a live report including all you need to know to keep your loved ones safe. and it is decision day for voters in arizona a, utah and idaho. -- arizona, utah and idaho. in arizona, 58 delegates are at stake. and the calendar says spring but our temperatures at this hour tell a whole different story. it is a cold morning in the bay area. meteorologist leigh spann joins us now to tell us when it's going to warm up.
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not take long to warm up but over the next two to three hour, yeah, a taste of winter again. look at this, 38 in zephyrhills. 39 in inverness and brooksville. lakeland just dropped to 4 3 . point. and in those areas with the 30s, a frost advisory, that hernando counties. a.m. but even before 9:00 a.m., you will notice the warm-up. good thing today, it's not as windy as yesterday. winds are basically calm at this point. and with the sunny sky, with the low humidity, it's going to be a very pleasant afternoon. 73 degrees. that's a real fast warm-up so at 4:38 in weather and traffic on the 8s, i have an eight-day eight-day temperature trend. and leslee is going to let you know about the roads. not much. a little bit of overnight construction. it's actually a pretty good drive.
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it's the last week of this construction issue with the railroad work that u.s. 41 completely closed at crenshaw lake which is also whitaker. and this is going last through friday and it should wrap up by the weekend. right now you are detoured to dale mabry highway. some travel times for you, lakeland 98 to 75, 22 minutes. just 11 minute through pasco down to 275. that's the northern apex through wesley chapel. great drive. no delays. that's a look at weather and traffic. >> thank you. we want to get back to breaking news. two explosions hit the airport in brussels. >> at least one person is dead. many others are injured. news channel 8's lindsey mastis joins us live. >> reporter: there's a lot of videos and pictures on social media showing the aftermath. some of it is too graphic to the show you but i wanted to let you know, we are also getting reports now of an explosion at a metro station.
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this appears to be this area. you can see some smoke coming out of what would be the tunnel area and this is close to some european union institutions so it seems right now that there's multiple attacks going on. and we are trying to get this confirmed right now. and take a look at this video right here. this shows people running from the airport. you can see the destruction right here in the background. and take a look at this video. this is from the airport. passengers being evacuated, including on to the runway. the wound ready being treated and all flights are now canceled and people are urged to stay away. and this is what it looks like on the inside. let's take a look at this picture here. we know there are at least two explosions. it happened in the check-in zone. this is an international terminal used by different airlines including american airlines. the airport is also tweeting as well this morning asking people to stay away, saying it has
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and police are captured one suspected paris terror attackers that had ties to brussels. he was believed to have been planning another attack. and people at the airport believe it's certainly a terrorist attack but so far, no organization has taken responsibility. this is a picture here, some of the walking wounded. and as i mentioned, there are some photos this are too graphic to show you. i will continue to follow this story and let you know as soon as we get more information. gayle -- >> well, you know, there was fear this morning, this happened at 8:00 a.m. their time, that there could be another cell on stand-by. unfolding. and we will check in with you as you stay on top of the breaking news story. and you can download our news channel 8 app. it is free. and time now is 4:35. happening today, another historic day in cuba. today the tampa bay rays will play the cuban national team at
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now the historic event event shows to similarities between the same pastime. we have team coverage. news channel 8's keith cate is in havana, cuba where they have been preparing for this visiter if months. >> ryan, we're going to check in with new a minute. but the latest from havana and the mounting expectations for today's game. keith has been in the islands since the president landed on sunday. >> reporter: good morning from havana, cuba. as you can see, a lot of people on the streets. there's a rumor that president barack obama or the first family may be going. people lining up just to catch a look. but most of the time, it's a rumor. things get circulated but the truth of the matter, we know one thing, the president will be at today's baseball game
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-- with razl castro. it's a historic moment. in the meantime, we will hang out here in havana with some of our best friends on to bah ma watch. i'm keith cate reporting from havana. >> all right, here in tampa, there's a lot of expectations about the president's visit to cuba and anticipation before today's big game between the tampa bay rays and the cuban national baseball team. and we continue our team coverage with ryan hughes. good morning. >> reporter: many cuban- americans here in the bay area can't wait for today's big game, especially those who frequent this restaurant here in tampa. they'll be rooting for both the rays and the cuban team. and many baseball teams volunteered for the trip and the rays were picked to play against cuba.
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opportunity whole heartedly. for some, this is a homecoming of sorts. and the team brought equipment to donate to the home players. before the game, president barack obama will address the cuban people in a speech that will be televised by cuban tv. he is expected to call for the expansion of human rights on the island. and he will meet with cuban dissidents. some dissidents report that they have been followed around cuba but haven't been detained. the first pitch for today's game, gene, expected to get underway at 2:00 p.m. should be exciting. >> that will be something neat to watch. but also interesting to watch will be whether or not the cuban government decides to play ball with the americans in these negotiations. okay. you can count on news channel 8 and our own keith cate to
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of today's game from havana, cuba. keith will have special reports starting on first at 4:00. and you can follow the latest developments at 4:38. let's get a check on the weather, leigh. >> it's a chilly start to this tuesday. but it's also not as windy. and those two things, the clear skies and cool conditions and the calmer winds allow for some frost to develop. there's a frost advisory for citrus and hernando counties but it warms up so fast today. look at this line, just a straight shot from 50 at 9:00 a.m. to 60 at 11:00 and near 70 at 2:00 and then 73 at 4:00 p.m. that's still technically below average for this time of year but it's warmer than yesterday. and lakeland, 71 degrees for the start of your game. clearwater, 69 for the start of yours. tampa, an evening game at 65:00, around 70 for the mets and yankees there. and tomorrow back up to 80 and 82 on thursday. and 80 on friday.
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and the thing about your easter weekend, i am bringing the rain chance up. let's check on traffic on the 8s to see how things are going on this tuesday. it is chilly but it's a good drive. overnight construction in the sun coast area. if you're traveling on university parkway, all the eastbound lanes are blocked underneath i-75. one westbound lane is open. so that's the situation there. as far as on the interstate, northbound, you've just got one lane taken away but you can exit either direction. and let's move up to bradenton, fantastic there, no delays on 75. in fact, a nine minute commute from state road 64 to university parkway. and new port richey area on state road 54, good drive, just red lights but u.s. 19 to the sun coast parkway, 11 minutes. and 14 minutes through palm harbor from state road 54 to tampa road. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle.
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now to an 8 on your side safety alert. a pill disguised as xanax is killing people in pinellas county. the sheriff describes the so- called super pill at 80 times stronger than morphine. and news channel 8's adrienne pedersen is joinings from the sheriff's office this morning with more on the deadly drug. and now obviously people are legally prescribed xanax but that's not what we're talking about. >> reporter: that's right. good morning, gayle. and the sheriff here in pinellas county has some simple advice for everybody this morning, do not buy xanax off the street because you really have no idea what you're getting. >> you don't have to take a handful. all you have to do is take one and you're dead. >> reporter: that's the sheriff talking about the super pill. it's incredibly dangerous as you just heard. and the pill looks just like a xanax but it's mixed with a powerful pain medication called fentanyl. and now the deadly struck is only $5 a pop.
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problem is really only here in pinellas county. so a 25-year-old dunedin woman overdosed on the super pill and died over the weekend. they're extremely concerned about it. undercover officers are now hitting the streets to find out more about where this is coming from. and of course, we have been reporting on a major problem with spice here in the area as well. so coming up in the next 30 minute, we will talk about what exactly authorities are doing and why there's this dangerous and scary up tick with drugs lately. gayle -- >> yeah, it's a two-fold problem. one is getting the alert out to people to not touch the medications and then finding out the sources. it seems to be isolated in pinellas. thank you, adrienne. hundreds of people at a funeral service failed to notice a huge mistake. >> coming up, who pointed it out and what happened. and then the two have been at it for weeks. now the fbi is getting some good news about getting into
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story. the death of one's mother, it's never easy but for one new york family, a tragic mix-up made that tough situation even worse. the 81-year-old mother of lee september. service. service. but the funeral homemade a terrible mistake and it was one noticed. >> when i was up there looking at the woman, my son came and tapped me and said, daddy, that don't look like grandma. we didn't realize that until after because she look sod much like my mother. >> that is something. >> the funeral home says they have been in business 50 years and nothing like this has happened before. and now two state agencies are investigating just how a licensed funeral could make such a tragic mistake.
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you see him taking pictures with children at a mall in new jersey but when a disagreement erupted between a parent and the easter bunny -- really? the picture session came to blows. this at this, they swing with the big ole bunny gloves on. it start when had a child flipped from a chair after her picture taken with the costumed- bunny. the mall fired the bunny and has a new bunny this morning. that's good news. >> wow. south korea just announced its first zika case. a 43-year-old man who just returned from brazil suffered fever, muscle pain and a rash. the world health organization declared the rapid spread of zika a global emergency. it's linked to a spike in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads. canadian researchers are showing skepticism toward all
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moderate alcohol consumption could be beneficial to your health. they concluded that those with less than one drink per dailied the the longest. but others argue it's not a cause for longevity. half of parents have no idea their children are eligible for medicaid. just 49% of surveyed parents were aware. and 64% had no primary care doctor. the most common reason for being uninsured, high coverage costs. all right, it's 4:48 on this tuesday morning. it's still chilly but good news, it's going to warm up. >> yeah, it's not going to last long. however, when you go outside this morning, it may be shocking, especially in citrus and hernando counties where there's a frost advisory until 9:00 a.m. almost unheard of this late in march. but the other thing, temperatures are going to be lower than yesterday but it's
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so it may not be as uncomfortable as long as you're prepare. and take those layers off through the day because it warms up very fast. 63 at noon. 73 at 4:00 p.m. and very pleasant. look at this, 39 inverness. 38 zephyrhills, yeah, that's chilly. 43 at lakeland. and 41 in apollo beach. and here's this big area of high pressure. that's why we have the lighter winds and the coldest morning now. and with the sunshine, we are lessen, low 70s today. and with high pressure with the wind pushing into the atlantic, we will start to see those winds from the southeast and it will bring back some spring weather for us. from winter this morning to spring on wednesday afternoon. and actually kind of feeling more muggy and summer-like by the end of the week. how about traffic on the 8s? all right, looking at the roadways. polk county first, it's a nice drive. this is i-4 by the polk parkway. and on the parkway itself, not
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let's move over now and take a look at the howard franklin bridge. this is only going to take six minutes to cross. a great drive into tampa. that's where most of the traffic heads this morning but it's very light at this point. and now we have overnight construction on university parkway at i-75. the eastbound lanes are blocked and one westbound lane gets by here. so keep that in mind. take fruitville instead to avoid that construction. and it's usually wrapped up in about an hour from now. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. >> thank you. still ahead this morning, the artwork that's now turning heads. and you won't believe who the artist is. plus, we will tell you about the new tesla and what you can do to reserve one for yourself before anyone else. you're watching news channel 8
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all it takes is $1,000 you can reserve yourself a new version of the tesla vehicle. starting on the 31st, tesla will unvail the new model 3. drivers can walk into the same store and get in line ahead of those who placed orders that night. deliveries of the 35,000 tesla begin in 2017. that's a huge price difference from the other tesla models. >> and there's a store front opening up at international plaza. >> going to check it out. >> yeah.
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calling one new york dog. >> bagger is quite the artist. this 3-year-old lab was supposed to be a service dog but he is afraid of stairs so he was disqualified and. now the story takes a turn for the better. his human realized that he wanted to paint too. and now he is painting for 50 to $100 each. and all the proceeds are going to animal related charities. >> that's so nice. any other greedy dog would just buy treats. >> now he's ready to paint. >> looking good. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away. plus, we will have the latest on the deadly explosion at the brussels airport. and another round of primary and caucuses just ahead. which states are casting their votes. you're watching news channel 8
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it is now time for weather and traffic on the 8s on this tuesday and it is 4:58. when you step out the door, a little chilly. not as windy as yesterday. in fact at lakeland airport, it's 43 degrees. the 43 degrees is cold for the end of march. the good news is, it warms up quickly so by the afternoon, comfortable 73 degrees. we have low humidity. that lighter wind. the bright blue sky. and there will just be a slight chill in the air tonight, down to 59 degrees. no frost advisory tonight. how about traffic on the 8s? well, in sarasota, we have the overnight construction. it could affect your drive. we have one westbound lane open, i like to start with the good news. all the eastbound lanes are blocked though on university parkway underneath i-75. and traveling northbound on i-
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exit but you can exit at university. so traveling eastbound, alternate. and i-4 looks fantastic away if lakeland into plant city. all the way into ybor city on
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it's 5:00. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. we begin with breaking news on this tuesday morning. multiple explosions in brussels have shut down the airport and all metro stations. witnesses report hearing several loud booms. security sources tell nbc news there are multiple casualties. now right now, the airport is on lockdown. that means no planes can land or take off from there. >> and now we are hearing that the metro system is being shut down because of smoke there. news channel 8's lindsey mastis joins us live.


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